making the trek to staten island and other equally important topics

me and jenI don’t nearly visit my friend Jen in Staten Island as much as I’d like to. As beautiful as the ferry ride is from Manhattan to Staten Island, getting to and from the ferry is a whole other story. So I rented a Zipcar for a few hours (it only cost me $70, gas included!) solely for making the trip.

bob and jenUgh, sometimes I just think how great it would be to own a car again. I wouldn’t have to take that roundabout subway ride that takes you through Manhattan when all I want to do is get from Queens to Brooklyn. What’s up with that anyway? Let’s get some better inter-borough transportation here that doesn’t include going through all of Manhattan! I could go on for a while about this. Try me.

I think about the cost of a car in NYC, not to mention the daily parking ordeals, and then I’m like, “Oh right, that’s why I don’t own a car.” For us, Zipcar is where it’s at. It’s a great substitute to renting and you don’t have to pay for gas, so that’s a bonus. And I am now aware I sound like an advertisment.

But seriously. Zipcar, though.


See that deliciousness below?
spumonivanilla chip

That is one of the many reasons why Jen and I refer to us as “soul sisters”. We grew up going to Rispoli, a bakery in Brooklyn that made Italian ices we dearly loved before they decided to up and close on us. It was such a bummer. BUT. They just opened up a new location in the same neighborhood and the ices just magically showed up at her house in little pint cartons and I just about fell over when I saw my beloved vanilla chip! Nostalgia tastes so so good. But so do the ices! Particularly, the vanilla chip.

If we’re feeling particularly jazzy, we sometimes switch out the term soul sisters for “Ssips sisters”, something we came up with in junior high because we both drank—wait for it—Ssips juice boxes. Oh, the cleverness of us.

me and jen2Also, a fist bump from me and a mid-laugh from Jen by the kitchen sink. Just because.

7 responses to “making the trek to staten island and other equally important topics”

  1. rooth says:

    Oh yum – anyone who can make ice cream magically appear is definitely a soul sister. And your jacket is so cute

    • Jillian says:

      Thanks Rooth! I actually got it from Delia’s about 10 years ago, if you can believe it! Only now I have to roll up the sleeves because there’s a bit of a “highwater” situation going on with them.

  2. Lauren says:

    Hi! I just clicked over here from My Wishful Thinking and all of your posts are making me laugh, so light and happy. That’s a particularly good thing! Thanks!

  3. ashley says:

    Now that I’ve gone from public transport to driving again, I miss public transport a whole HECK of a lot!!!!!!

  4. Emily Smith says:

    Haha, love the fist bump and mid-laugh candid shot! Friends and ice cream sounds just about right :) On my first subway ride in New York, I ended up at a Broadway stop in QUEENS instead of Manhattan (I had NO clue!) When I got out at the station, I was in an old neighbourhood near a giant Best Buy, highway, and the back of loading warehouses. A group of guys approached me and kept referring to me as “Snowflake”. Thankfully, I found the opposite side of the train and took it back into Manhattan! Oh the NYC lessons I learned :)

  5. angela says:

    I have no idea what a ip car is but it sounds like a good idea. That ice cream is seriously lovely!! So good are those times we spend with good friends.

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